Alioramus remotus, A. altai
By Calum O’Halloran at @ridiculouslyphotogenicsinosaurus
Name: Alioramus remotus, A. altai
Name Meaning: Different Branch
First Described: 1976
Described By: Kurzanov
Classification: Dinosauria, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Tyrannosauroidea, Tyrannosauridae, Tyrannosaurinae, Alioramini
Alioramus was another tyrannosaurine from the Late Cretaceous, the Maastrichtian age this time, about 70 million years ago. It was a fairly small tyrannosaurine, only about 6 meters long, but probably larger as the only specimens found have been from sub-adults and juveniles. It was found in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, and was a contemporary of Tarbosaurus, a larger tyrannosaur. It had a more long and narrow skull than other later tyrannosaurids, though given that we only know juvenlies, again, this might not be an indicative state. It was actually quite similar to Tarbosaurus, sharing several skull features, indicating that they might be closely related and share an Asian branch of the tyrannosaurid family. It lived alongside many other dinosaurs such as ornithomimosaurs, therizinosaurs, troodontids, pachycephalosaurs, ankylosaurids, hadrosaurs, and titanosaurians. It probably lived in a large floodplain and a humid climate, which was a marked change from the semi-arid environment that previously existed in the region.
Shout out goes to scienceofsatan!